We went to the toy store

United States
June 18, 2009 2:11pm CST
Monday one of my sons will turn 3. My husband and I have some ideas of what we want to get him, but wanted to go to Toys R Us to look around and get a more specific idea. We kept pointing things out to my son, watching for his reaction, and he didn't seem overly excited about anything. Of course he spent more time with the toys that made noise, but the toys we showed him that we thought he'd really like only got a few second's glance before he moved on to find something more interesting. I think I'll go with my original idea anyways, and just hope he likes it. I hope maybe it was just the fact that there were so many different toys around that he couldn't pay enough attention to just one.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
18 Jun 09
Always go with your gut feeling. It reminded me of a memory though. When my daughter was 5 we went to the U.K and a grown nephew of mine took her to a huge toy shop and told her that she could choose ANYTHING that she wanted. This was the first time that he was meeting his little cousin. The reason he did that was because this had happened to him as a child and he was overwhelmed with the idea of choosing a toy despite the cost. Anything he wanted. Well, she was overwhelmed too and just kept wondering around until she bought a 'Sindy" doll - The then British cersion of Barbie. She has never forgotten that experience
• United States
19 Jun 09
You always have a great story to share. I did pick up his gifts today, a toy train, a summer outfit, and a book.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
19 Jun 09
I'm sure that he will enjoy his gifts. My grnadson is longing for a train. I did buy him a cheap one at christmas but it is barely working now. I cannot see a good one to bu. He loves Thomas the whatever thingy - you know the train cartoon. Oh, Thomas the Tank Engine.If I could see a good one in the store then I would spend my last cent on it for him. He just has it in his head that I am going to buy him a big train and comes to the car every evening asking if I bought it for him. I find it very upsetting.
@ersmommy1 (12596)
• United States
19 Jun 09
That could be. Toy sensory overload. I took My daughter to our local KB toy and hobby before it closed. Lots of toys were on clearance. Basically her response was "Mommy there are so many, which do I choose" You know him best, follow your heart.
• United States
19 Jun 09
I got him a Thomas the Train toy today and a Curious George outfit and a Wall-E book. I think he'll like them a lot.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
19 Jun 09
After 3 older kids, haven't you learned? Get him a cardboard box and he'll be happy for hours!!! lol Just playing. Well sort of. We spent $60 when my daughter turned 4 on this Fisher Price loving family doll house. You could buy each little room set of furniture to go with it. I thought she would love it and both the girls would play with it for hours. Imagine my disappointment that I've seen them play longer in cardboard boxes from stuff that has been sent to us then with that doll house! Oh well, its the thought that counts I guess. I'm sure he'll like whatever you get him. Besides, he's 3 so if he doesn't like it he won't remember anyway lol.
• United States
19 Jun 09
I was thinking the SAME exact thing about the card board box. Kids this age can have real short attention spans... and what we think they might find interesting they might now. In fact what THEY find interesting can change from minute to minute. I would suggest something like a big box of Lego DUPLO blocks (the big ones that they can't swallow ). Usually you can find these in plastic totes as well. This worked well when I gave them to my ex's toddlers. Sometimes they played with the blocks... somtimes they played with the tote... but they loved those things.
• United States
21 Jun 09
Hi katsmeow 1213 when my children were little, I was poorer than church mice. so I'd go in a toy store and put a toy i thought my little one might like in the cart, and let them play with it all through the store. when it was time for us to leave they were all ready tired of the toy and ready to put it down. it sure did save me a lot of unecessary spending. the toys that they didn't wont to put down. became there birthday gift. that year.or Christmas gift.I only bought toys two times a year for them. CHRISTMAS AND BIRTHDAYS. there brothers and sister gave them little gifts through the year tho. nothing big, only birthday and Christmas.that made them appreciate toys. good luck.
@trixyteddy (1072)
• India
20 Jun 09
A very happy birthday to you little one and may God bless him now and always. I do hope he enjoys your gifts. If not for now, he will in another two or three months. They grow so fast.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
19 Jun 09
I was in Toys R U few weeks ago shopping for 5 years old relative. It used to be much more toys in Toys R U years ago. I think that you can find cheaper and better toys in other places like Target or Kmart...I am not sure if my local Toys R U got limited supply, or they have less now in general...
@orevro (715)
• Philippines
19 Jun 09
when i was shopping for my 3 year old nephew, i first researched on the toys suitable for his age. I've learned from the past from my niece because i got her this high-tech mobile phone and my niece just turned two that time, I know that she loved it because she kept asking for it but it's just a waste because she doesn't understand how to use it yet. in about a month the toy broke. my cousin told me that my niece kept banging it on the wall because it made different sounds. Money gone down the drain lol
@glords (2614)
• United States
19 Jun 09
What did you decide on? My son just turned two and we got him the same thing his grandparents got him, so I'm thinking we will take one back... but now what should we replace it with?
@mommaj (22872)
• United States
19 Jun 09
My son is like that too. He likes playing with the boxes though. It doesn't matter what is inside the box. Anything bright, and noisy gets a three years olds attention. He'll enjoy what ever you buy him. If not he will probably play with the box. LOL
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
19 Jun 09
There is so many toys out there it is hard to focus on one long enough to enjoy it. So sticking with something tried and true would work..something you know he enjoys.
@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
18 Jun 09
I have two boys that were the exact same way and one still doesn't really want anything he would rather have cash which makes it easy for us to run to the ATM and get 50 bucks out for him (if they were all so simple LOL) the other one that was like that he now wants everything. Every day he asks me to buy him a different video game or some toys it really makes me crazy.